3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. - 2 Corinthians 2:3-4
Some food or particular dishes are called comfort food. There are comforting colors of paint. There is a line of t-shirts and sweat shirts called comfort colors. Our friends comfort us at particular points in time. Part of our makeup is to embrace comfort, whether that comes from something we eat or a friend’s hug. Best of all, our heavenly Father comforts us just when we need it the most and in times when we least expect it. In fact, it’s comforting to know He is the God of all compassion and comfort. It starts there. When we are troubled, our family and friends are limited, food is limited, expressions of love are limited, we need the comfort that only comes from God. As strange as it may seem when we are in the midst of troubling times, the comfort of God is actually equipping us to comfort others. We pass along, give away, what we have been given. No one is more prepared to offer comfort in times of trouble than somebody who has walked through the same trouble. Comfort is more effective when empathy is involved in the situation. So Paul says, comfort others as we have been comforted by God. We are blessed to be comforted by a compassionate God and we can be a blessing as we offer comfort in times of trouble.
Heavenly Father, today, in the immediacy of this moment, comfort those who are troubled or afflicted in any way and bring peace to their soul. For those who cry out hear their prayer and send your Spirit into their life in a special way. We give thanks for all your characteristics and especially your compassion and comfort. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.